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John Joseph Inn and Elizabeth Restaurant

Groton , NY

LOCATION

813 Auburn Road
Groton, NY 13073 US

PHONE

607-533-0097

WEBSITE

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ABOUT US

The John Joseph Inn and Elizabeth Restaurant is the Finger Lakes premier wedding venue. An elegant modern country estate of over 110 acres of orchards manicured lawns and gardens, it is... Read more
The John Joseph Inn and Elizabeth Restaurant is the Finger Lakes premier wedding venue. An elegant modern country estate of over 110 acres of orchards manicured lawns and gardens, it is the perfect setting for an elegant event. Our foundation lies on our memorable culinary experiences which lay the road to the best weddings possible. If food is of importance to you, than we are your best option. We take care of so many of the details, making for a stress free wedding planning period, customizing the event to meet your visions and dreams making your day extra special. We'll look forward to meeting you! 607-533-0097. Email me at john@johnjosephinn.com Read less
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4.9/5.0
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4.7/5.0
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Kim
Wedding:
8/22/2015
5.0/5.0
Our wedding day could not have been more spectacular than it was. John and Elizabeth are truly the greatest. From the first time we met John we knew that this was our dream wedding venue. They are two of the most personable, down to earth, and multi talented people we have ever met. What makes their business stand out from the rest is their love for family. We didn't just get married on their property. We created irreplaceable memories with our closest family and friends. The food was top notch which was not a surprise as John and Elizabeth are both culinary experts. The signature drinks were a hit and the cake, absolutely breathtaking. John was very flexible when it came to logisitical matters. He also tweaked the menu to meet our requests. The property is immaculate which made for perfect photos. John was there for us every step of the way even up until I walked down the aisle. He was there to hold my dress as I walked through the garden. He took the time to get to know us which I strongly believe is the reason our day went perfectly. My husband Jon and I cannot thank John and Elizabeth enough for making the best day of our lives come true. What they do for people is a very beautiful thing. We will be back in the near future for a tasting and cannot wait to roll up their driveway to be greeted with huge smiles. What an amazing team John and Elizabeth make. Nothing beats having a private estate to yourself for an entire weekend without the interruption of other wedding parties. The staff was exceptional as well. They were friendly and very attentive to us and our guests. We have received dozens of messages from our families and friends saying "that was the best wedding we have ever been to!". All of our thanks, love and appreciation to you, John and Elizabeth! - Kim and John Kearney
Our wedding day could not have been more spectacular than it was. John and Elizabeth are truly the greatest. From the Read more...
Our wedding day could not have been more spectacular than it was. John and Elizabeth are truly the greatest. From the first time we met John we knew that this was our dream wedding venue. They are two of the most personable, down to earth, and multi talented people we have ever met. What makes their business stand out from the rest is their love for family. We didn't just get married on their property. We created irreplaceable memories with our closest family and friends. The food was top notch which was not a surprise as John and Elizabeth are both culinary experts. The signature drinks were a hit and the cake, absolutely breathtaking. John was very flexible when it came to logisitical matters. He also tweaked the menu to meet our requests. The property is immaculate which made for perfect photos. John was there for us every step of the way even up until I walked down the aisle. He was there to hold my dress as I walked through the garden. He took the time to get to know us which I strongly believe is the reason our day went perfectly. My husband Jon and I cannot thank John and Elizabeth enough for making the best day of our lives come true. What they do for people is a very beautiful thing. We will be back in the near future for a tasting and cannot wait to roll up their driveway to be greeted with huge smiles. What an amazing team John and Elizabeth make. Nothing beats having a private estate to yourself for an entire weekend without the interruption of other wedding parties. The staff was exceptional as well. They were friendly and very attentive to us and our guests. We have received dozens of messages from our families and friends saying "that was the best wedding we have ever been to!". All of our thanks, love and appreciation to you, John and Elizabeth! - Kim and John Kearney Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
4.7/5.0
The Inn is absolutely beautiful. After meeting with John, we knew it was the right place for us. He took care of everything and helped guide us through the whole process. There were times where we didn't hear from him (he's a very busy guy) and were getting nervous - but rest assured - everything gets done and on time with the highest quality. You may need to be a little patient with the response time - but it will be worth it. And he will take care of you!
The Inn is absolutely beautiful. After meeting with John, we knew it was the right place for us. He took care of Read more...
The Inn is absolutely beautiful. After meeting with John, we knew it was the right place for us. He took care of everything and helped guide us through the whole process. There were times where we didn't hear from him (he's a very busy guy) and were getting nervous - but rest assured - everything gets done and on time with the highest quality. You may need to be a little patient with the response time - but it will be worth it. And he will take care of you! Read less
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Allison
Wedding:
5/9/2015
4.6/5.0
Highly recommend! thanks to John and Elizabeth Hamilton we had such a special, memorable and carefree wedding weekend! The venue is beautiful no matter the time of year and the food is delicious! Including the cake!! It was perfect for us!!
Highly recommend! thanks to John and Elizabeth Hamilton we had such a special, memorable and carefree wedding weekend! The Read more...
Highly recommend! thanks to John and Elizabeth Hamilton we had such a special, memorable and carefree wedding weekend! The venue is beautiful no matter the time of year and the food is delicious! Including the cake!! It was perfect for us!! Read less
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Margaret
Wedding:
10/4/2014
4.6/5.0
This place is amazing, the grounds are beautiful. Our wedding was epic. There were no hitches on the day at all and there was a lot going on. I loved being able to have everything in one place.
This place is amazing, the grounds are beautiful. Our wedding was epic. There were no hitches on the day at all and there Read more...
This place is amazing, the grounds are beautiful. Our wedding was epic. There were no hitches on the day at all and there was a lot going on. I loved being able to have everything in one place. Read less
Services Used: Wedding Cake, Catering, Wedding Planning, Lighting & Decor, Rehearsal Dinner, Wedding Venue, Unique Services
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Kimberly
Wedding:
9/13/2014
5.0/5.0
I had the pleasure of working with John and Elizabeth for my wedding on September 13, 2014. They made my wedding day perfection. Their attention to detail and their hard work makes for a wedding to be remembered. My wedding day started off rainy, grey and gross... John and Elizabeth were determined to create a day that would still be perfection in my eyes with plan of doing the ceremony here or there, whatever would work best. As the weather cleared up they dropped those plans and moved the ceremony back outside. They and their staff set up my reception area to perfection, they made THE best food, they took care of the cake which was phenomenal, John was there to guide us through every step of the day, which made for a stress free bride and groom who were able to sit back and enjoy themselves. Having the rehearsal, ceremony and reception all in one place made for easy planning and created a home away from home for the weekend. Having our family and friends stay or stop by the Inn whenever they liked made for a relaxing and fun time. The grounds, arbor, Inn, cottage, restaurant and tent all made a lovely backdrop for our beautiful day, not to mention BEAUTIFUL photo opportunities. As my groom still sleeps from post wedding exhaustion I could not help but recount my wonderful wedding day and brag a bit about how wonderful it turned out thanks to John, Elizabeth and the wonderful staff they surround themselves with. If you didn't know about the John Joseph Inn before, You're Welcome because now you do!
I had the pleasure of working with John and Elizabeth for my wedding on September 13, 2014. They made my wedding day Read more...
I had the pleasure of working with John and Elizabeth for my wedding on September 13, 2014. They made my wedding day perfection. Their attention to detail and their hard work makes for a wedding to be remembered. My wedding day started off rainy, grey and gross... John and Elizabeth were determined to create a day that would still be perfection in my eyes with plan of doing the ceremony here or there, whatever would work best. As the weather cleared up they dropped those plans and moved the ceremony back outside. They and their staff set up my reception area to perfection, they made THE best food, they took care of the cake which was phenomenal, John was there to guide us through every step of the day, which made for a stress free bride and groom who were able to sit back and enjoy themselves. Having the rehearsal, ceremony and reception all in one place made for easy planning and created a home away from home for the weekend. Having our family and friends stay or stop by the Inn whenever they liked made for a relaxing and fun time. The grounds, arbor, Inn, cottage, restaurant and tent all made a lovely backdrop for our beautiful day, not to mention BEAUTIFUL photo opportunities. As my groom still sleeps from post wedding exhaustion I could not help but recount my wonderful wedding day and brag a bit about how wonderful it turned out thanks to John, Elizabeth and the wonderful staff they surround themselves with. If you didn't know about the John Joseph Inn before, You're Welcome because now you do! Read less
Services Used: Wedding Cake, Wedding Planning, Rehearsal Dinner, Wedding Venue
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
4.4/5.0
Our wedding was absolutely perfect. The food was absolutely delicious and John made our day even more perfect by adding delicious personal touches. He went out of his way to make our wishes come true and was willing to listen to our wants and make them happen. The venue was very well maintained and very private. The food, location, and staff were great. I would have my wedding there everyday.
Our wedding was absolutely perfect. The food was absolutely delicious and John made our day even more perfect by adding Read more...
Our wedding was absolutely perfect. The food was absolutely delicious and John made our day even more perfect by adding delicious personal touches. He went out of his way to make our wishes come true and was willing to listen to our wants and make them happen. The venue was very well maintained and very private. The food, location, and staff were great. I would have my wedding there everyday. Read less
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Brittany
Wedding:
8/9/2014
4.7/5.0
I would highly recommend the John Joseph Inn and John Hamilton as a wedding ceremony/reception venue choice. We had both our ceremony and our reception at the John Joseph Inn. John made sure that our wedding day was absolutely PERFECT - and I mean perfect when I say it. Most weddings have little issues that come up and can be brushed off later - but we had a completely perfect day! My husband and I were relaxed and enjoyed our time at the Inn preparing for, during, and after our wedding. Our wedding party, family, and guests had nothing but great things to say about John and the John Joseph Inn. Many guests that we've talked to so far have actually said that it's the best wedding they've ever attended.

In response to all of the comments that John is difficult to work with: Yes, I gave him 4 stars because he doesn't respond to messages quickly. He is an INCREDIBLY busy man, and for good reason. Your wedding day will be perfect due to his and his staff's hard work and dedication to you and your wedding. I definitely experienced some anxiety before the wedding - worrying that John wasn't getting my messages/e-mails. To anyone who may feel nervous about this: RELAX. He is most likely getting your information, but too busy to respond. Keep leaving messages/e-mails, and he will get the information. Your day will be unforgettable.

The grounds are gorgeous and immaculately maintained. The inn is beautiful, comfortable, and allows you to enjoy time with your guests before and after the wedding without shuffling around to and from a hotel. The ceremony area is beautiful. The food was wonderful - we had lots of comments from our guests on how they've never had such a delicious meal at a wedding before (we did the plated meal - to be clear). The staff at the John Joseph Inn is attentive and professional - we didn't have a long wait for food, or a long line at the bar at any time.

I can't say enough wonderful things about the John Joseph Inn. Thank you John!!!!
I would highly recommend the John Joseph Inn and John Hamilton as a wedding ceremony/reception venue choice. We had both Read more...
I would highly recommend the John Joseph Inn and John Hamilton as a wedding ceremony/reception venue choice. We had both our ceremony and our reception at the John Joseph Inn. John made sure that our wedding day was absolutely PERFECT - and I mean perfect when I say it. Most weddings have little issues that come up and can be brushed off later - but we had a completely perfect day! My husband and I were relaxed and enjoyed our time at the Inn preparing for, during, and after our wedding. Our wedding party, family, and guests had nothing but great things to say about John and the John Joseph Inn. Many guests that we've talked to so far have actually said that it's the best wedding they've ever attended.

In response to all of the comments that John is difficult to work with: Yes, I gave him 4 stars because he doesn't respond to messages quickly. He is an INCREDIBLY busy man, and for good reason. Your wedding day will be perfect due to his and his staff's hard work and dedication to you and your wedding. I definitely experienced some anxiety before the wedding - worrying that John wasn't getting my messages/e-mails. To anyone who may feel nervous about this: RELAX. He is most likely getting your information, but too busy to respond. Keep leaving messages/e-mails, and he will get the information. Your day will be unforgettable.

The grounds are gorgeous and immaculately maintained. The inn is beautiful, comfortable, and allows you to enjoy time with your guests before and after the wedding without shuffling around to and from a hotel. The ceremony area is beautiful. The food was wonderful - we had lots of comments from our guests on how they've never had such a delicious meal at a wedding before (we did the plated meal - to be clear). The staff at the John Joseph Inn is attentive and professional - we didn't have a long wait for food, or a long line at the bar at any time.

I can't say enough wonderful things about the John Joseph Inn. Thank you John!!!! Read less
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Jackie
Wedding:
5/17/2014
1.1/5.0
I was married at the Inn in May. I had a fantastic wedding day, but this was because of my wonderful family and wedding party. The John Joseph Inn has great food and is beautiful, but thats about all it can be relied on for.
John, the owner of the Inn, if very difficult to work with. When trying to contact him, I did not get a response for weeks after both emails and calls. This lasted right until my wedding day. I don’t think I can stress enough how difficult it was to get in touch with him throughout the process.
When I could I would come up to the Inn from NJ, where he gave a lot of personal attention, but most of what he said would happen turned out to be empty promises once my wedding day came.
On my wedding day, I was told I would just get to relax and sip champagne while I got ready. Instead, I had to worry about the tent being set up and had to provide John with second copies of information I had already given him. My bridesmaids spent a few hours out in the tent setting up the tables and space around it because John didn’t do it. When I tried to give him the decor I had, he walked away.
I had a beautiful wedding day because of a fantastic support group. It was extremely stressful and difficult to plan with John and I can honestly say I would not wish that on any bride.
I would love to give details and please feel free to contact me and ask for more information.
I was married at the Inn in May. I had a fantastic wedding day, but this was because of my wonderful family and wedding Read more...
I was married at the Inn in May. I had a fantastic wedding day, but this was because of my wonderful family and wedding party. The John Joseph Inn has great food and is beautiful, but thats about all it can be relied on for.
John, the owner of the Inn, if very difficult to work with. When trying to contact him, I did not get a response for weeks after both emails and calls. This lasted right until my wedding day. I don’t think I can stress enough how difficult it was to get in touch with him throughout the process.
When I could I would come up to the Inn from NJ, where he gave a lot of personal attention, but most of what he said would happen turned out to be empty promises once my wedding day came.
On my wedding day, I was told I would just get to relax and sip champagne while I got ready. Instead, I had to worry about the tent being set up and had to provide John with second copies of information I had already given him. My bridesmaids spent a few hours out in the tent setting up the tables and space around it because John didn’t do it. When I tried to give him the decor I had, he walked away.
I had a beautiful wedding day because of a fantastic support group. It was extremely stressful and difficult to plan with John and I can honestly say I would not wish that on any bride.
I would love to give details and please feel free to contact me and ask for more information. Read less
Services Used: Rehearsal Dinner, Wedding Venue
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Megan
Wedding:
10/19/2013
4.2/5.0
I would recommend John Hamilton and the John Joseph Inn and Elizabeth Restaurant as a wedding venue. However, I would keep in mind this review (and others) as I think it would have been helpful to understand better the way John works.

Quality of Service: 5
The Inn, the location, the tent, grounds, etc are absolutely beautiful. It is an idyllic place to have a wedding. I was blown away by how beautiful it was. The food was just delicious. Our signature drink was delicious and perfectly themed.

Responsiveness: 3 (I seriously considered making this lower)
One of the worst parts of having our wedding at the Inn was waiting for responses from John. My husband and I both work 50+ work weeks and were planning the 220+person wedding from NYC (5 hours away) I would send John very detailed emails with questions and would either not hear responses or he would respond much later with half answers, ignoring some questions, or with answers that would simply lead to more questions. My husband, myself, and our families drove to Ithaca to meet with him and go over the more minute details and unfortunately he spent most of the meeting telling me to "relax everything will be great" not exactly something a busy, organized planner like myself wants to hear after taking the time to put together these questions/information.

Professionalism: 4
Overall dealing him was less than satisfactory and moderately uncomfortable. He, as mentioned above, is incredibly hard to get in touch with. Not only that, he has a very abrasive "I'll take care of it. It's going to be great" attitude while not exactly recognizing that while he may have have catered/held dozens of weddings that this was MY first wedding.

Value: 5
The wedding was beautiful and everyone had a wonderful time. It ended up pouring rain 5 minutes prior to my outdoor ceremony so all the guests had to be rushed into the cocktail hour tent instead. We all made the best of it and it went off absolutely fine.
I would recommend John Hamilton and the John Joseph Inn and Elizabeth Restaurant as a wedding venue. However, I would keep Read more...
I would recommend John Hamilton and the John Joseph Inn and Elizabeth Restaurant as a wedding venue. However, I would keep in mind this review (and others) as I think it would have been helpful to understand better the way John works.

Quality of Service: 5
The Inn, the location, the tent, grounds, etc are absolutely beautiful. It is an idyllic place to have a wedding. I was blown away by how beautiful it was. The food was just delicious. Our signature drink was delicious and perfectly themed.

Responsiveness: 3 (I seriously considered making this lower)
One of the worst parts of having our wedding at the Inn was waiting for responses from John. My husband and I both work 50+ work weeks and were planning the 220+person wedding from NYC (5 hours away) I would send John very detailed emails with questions and would either not hear responses or he would respond much later with half answers, ignoring some questions, or with answers that would simply lead to more questions. My husband, myself, and our families drove to Ithaca to meet with him and go over the more minute details and unfortunately he spent most of the meeting telling me to "relax everything will be great" not exactly something a busy, organized planner like myself wants to hear after taking the time to put together these questions/information.

Professionalism: 4
Overall dealing him was less than satisfactory and moderately uncomfortable. He, as mentioned above, is incredibly hard to get in touch with. Not only that, he has a very abrasive "I'll take care of it. It's going to be great" attitude while not exactly recognizing that while he may have have catered/held dozens of weddings that this was MY first wedding.

Value: 5
The wedding was beautiful and everyone had a wonderful time. It ended up pouring rain 5 minutes prior to my outdoor ceremony so all the guests had to be rushed into the cocktail hour tent instead. We all made the best of it and it went off absolutely fine. Read less
Services Used: Wedding Cake, Catering, Lighting & Decor, Wedding Venue
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Shannon
Wedding:
10/12/2013
4.8/5.0
John Hamilton and his wife own and run the Inn. The grounds are absolutely stunning! The food and wait staff were first class. Many of my guests have told us that this is one of the best weddings they have ever been to. They made our fairytale wedding a reality!
John Hamilton and his wife own and run the Inn. The grounds are absolutely stunning! The food and wait staff were first Read more...
John Hamilton and his wife own and run the Inn. The grounds are absolutely stunning! The food and wait staff were first class. Many of my guests have told us that this is one of the best weddings they have ever been to. They made our fairytale wedding a reality! Read less
Services Used: Wedding Cake, Catering, Wedding Planning, Wedding Venue
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